A Greenimalist is someone who lives green by being minimalist. Greenimalists protect the environment by buying less.
In July 2009, Hsinya and Aaron decided to become Greenimalists after watching some troubling documentaries about the typical consumer lifestyle. They realized that a simpler life with fewer possessions was the easiest way for them to protect the environment and the communities around them.
It wasn’t easy at first, since both of them grew up as typical consumers for their entire lives. But they tackled it piece by piece, first by giving up their car, then by avoiding shopping, then by giving away their possessions. They soon found themselves with extra time, less clutter, reduced environmental impact, and more money.
Half-way through the experiment, their friends became curious and asked what Greenimalist living was all about. Hsinya and Aaron realized they needed to write about their Greenimalist experiences. So they set up a blog, wrote some posts, and started some fun experiments to help others live a richer, simpler, and more compassionate life.
Greenimalist is about encouraging people to rethink their habits and helping them to start living green and simply.
Aaron and Hsinya Lin are a young married couple living in Southern California.
Just in case you are wondering, Hsinya is pronounced like “Cynthia” without the “thi” part. The H is silent. :-)